With summertime bringing heat and sunshine, the air conditioners and fans are running on high, keeping your house at a comfortable temperature. Although air conditioning and fans are a fantastic way to keep your family from overheating, they can also cause a significant increase in your utility bill. Here are 6 energy saving tips to help you lower your utility bill this summer.
Close the Blinds
Keeping your house at a tolerable temperature in the summertime may seem like a challenge, but the simple step of closing the blinds from late morning until early evening has been proven to keep temperatures lower. According to Common Sense Homesteading, taking this step can reduce the temperature by 10-15 degrees, resulting in less reliance on air conditioning and significantly reducing your utility bills.
Rely on Nature
According to Art of Manliness.com, over 30% of unwanted heat within the home is generated due to the greenhouse effect from sunlight leaking into your home. Make use of what nature has to offer, and plant some trees or shade providing plants on your property. Not only will they reduce the heat, but they will also make your yard look well maintained, and increase the curb appeal of your home.
Use a Clothesline
In 2006, a study was conducted by a writer for the New York Times. After a summer of hanging her clothes out to dry, she found that her utility bill was half the amount of the previous year. Using a dryer in the summertime increases your utility bill by more than 30%, so next time you do laundry in the summertime, consider hanging your clothes instead of throwing them in the dryer.
Customize Your Temperatures
If you have a programmable thermostat in your home, customize it so that during the times you are away, and in the evenings when it is cooler, the air conditioner is not running. Programming it to do this has been proven to significantly reduce your utility bill, and save on energy costs.
Cooking meals inside in the summer not only requires use of the oven or stove, using significant energy, but it also increases the temperature in your home, causing the air conditioner to run more than required. Instead of cooking inside, take advantage of the summer weather, and cook over the BBQ, outdoor kitchen, or over a fire. If your yard does not provide these opportunities, opt for cold dishes, like salads, or cook smaller portions in a toaster oven. All of these options are great ways to help reduce energy consumption.
Open Your Windows
Although the air during the day may seem hot, during the evening, and overnight, there is often a cool breeze, and opening a window can keep your home at a comfortable temperature. According to Hydro One, up to 25% of heat loss within a home is through the windows, so opening them in the early morning, and late evening is an effective way to keep your home cool, and save on energy costs.
Lowering your utility bill in the summertime can be a challenge, but these six tips will help you reduce your energy costs significantly so you can enjoy what summer has to offer. For more information on lowering your utility bill this summer, visit the Falconcrest Homes Blog.